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Re: Problems with partitioning

there are many ways to do this, I suggest you read the ppc install howto at
for starters.

from my experience with mac linux installs I find that setting up the hard disk with the mac HD tool is a good way to go, depending on how much space the MacOS deserves, you will need a minimum of 3 partitions (if you use bootx) or 4 if you intend to use yaboot. I think you can safely ignore the yaboot partition and let the installer do that part but my memory is sketchy :)

When u use the mac hd setup tool, select custom partitioning and create 2 unix partitions as well as the mac partition. Create the unix partition at first then a swap then a mac HFS partition. If you like you can name the first unix partition "/" (without the quotes) and the 2nd one "swap". the mac name is irrelevant.

all of this will help to create a more sensible partitioning when you get to the linux partition editor.

hope that helps


pharme wrote:

Good day to all,

I am an absolute novice (5 days old) in Linux, with some years of
experience with Mac OS. I am trying to install a Linux distro in an
unproductive G3 Powerbook (New World Macs)

Here's what i have done:.

Using Mac OS Disk Utility partition my 12 GB harddrive to 2 partitions,
both approx 5.5gb (Mac OS extended)

Upon booting with debian cd set (cd 1 Debian 3.0 30r4 PPC-binary),
things went smoothly, only when i arrived at the partitioning (with
'mac-fdisk') part, I can't seemed to proceed further. Here's the

cmd c - create new LINUX partition

First Block: 10p (targeted to the partition number i have allocated for the installation
for Debian)

Length : 10p
(to indicate use of the entire partition)

and when it comes to 'Name of partition', whatever names i try to give,
single word or string with quotes, it just prompted:

"requested base and length is not within an existing free partition"

I must have missed something somewhere, can anyone help with my

thanks pharme

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